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The inscription of one's name at the end of a writing, done by a secretary or a subordinate, to attest to the fact that such a writing has been signed by a principal or a superior, thereby vouching for the genuineness of the signature. To write one's name at the end of a document—in addition to the inscription of a name by another—to attest to the authenticity of the signature.


verb certify, confirm, corroborate, execute, ratify, sanction, second, support
See also: attest, certify, confirm, corroborate, cosign, indorse, trademark, underwrite, witness


to sign (a document already signed by another).

COUNTERSIGN. To countersign is to sign on the opposite side of an instrument already signed by some other person or officer, in order to secure its character of a genuine paper; as a bank note is signed by the president and countersigned by the cashier.

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A full list of those able to countersign passport applications is available on the Passport Service website at www.
After State Department approval, DSCA will countersign (DCSGN milestone) the document which will generate the creation of the STLST milestone with an actual date and remove the case version from the State List report.
He said it seemed to him that far too wide a body of people were allowed to countersign an application and that consideration should be given to reducing the number.
Don't countersign traveller's cheques before cashing them.
Contract awarded for Bonghyeon integration and countersign the town sewage treatment plant basic and detailed design services
She had also written a note and asked a colleague to countersign it stating that she had delivered a Letts Diary to Archer's solicitors.
Task 3 - Delivery of instruments to countersign cannon and km (telescopes TPCHU) in the amount of 1 set.
For junior doctors it is regarded as an honour to be asked to countersign.
The form must be signed in the presence of a health or social services professional who countersigns it; if the professional countersigning is not the attending physician, the signed form is given to the attending physician.
That's perhaps due to the delicacy of her work, which dusts for traces of human occupation in landscape and architecture: Her film of a verdant Ugandan vista, Out of the Blue, 2002, for example, countersigns its imagery with the nondiegetic sounds of voices and crackling fire, hitching together the story of Idi Amin's 1972 expulsion of his country's Asian citizens--the artist among them--and the tradition of British landscape painting.
Also, make sure the presenter countersigns the check in the lower left corner in your presence.